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W.Va. State Workers File Grievances Over Payday Switch

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A change in pay periods for state employees has prompted grievances from workers who say they won't receive their full salaries during the switchover.

The state began switching pay periods in June from twice monthly to biweekly. Pay periods will increase from 24 to 26.

Gordon Simmons with the West Virginia Public Workers Union tells the Charleston-Gazette Mail that some employees discovered that they will receive 25 paychecks in the switchover year. Overall, he says the change could cost employees millions of dollars.

The grievances include one filed by David Harper Gardner Jr. and 23 other Department of Transportation employees. Gardner says he discovered that he'll lose about $212.

State Auditor's Office spokesman Justin Southern says it's his understanding that no one will lose pay because of the change.

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